The Hidden Values of Debate
Creating nuanced proposals designed to remedy causes for a desired effect.
The point of departure between two sides engaged in an interaction. Point of stasis is understanding where agreement and disagreement begin and ends. All division of sides requires the ability to determine where there is agreement and to focus on areas of disagreement. Distilling key questions on either side of the resolution is the point.
No such thing as a bad idea? Well, let's take a look at that. Traditional brainstorming sessions and engagement is supposed to generate more ideas by offering the opportunity to bring up up ideas without any criticism. Free form brainstorming without debate is not as effective. Criticizing ideas is key in determining focus areas. Free form brainstorming without any format of debate offers too many avenues of diversion. Key focus points can be missed without critical thinking applied. Formal debate in brainstorming session does stimulate the process for finding better ideas.
In order for everyone to understand the value of critical thinking all must know the tools used in the art of argumentation as well as debate.
Debate offers a framework for focus on all points of agreement and disagreement. It helps participants discern key questions of controversy. Only when you assess the values within a pro and con list do you start to make a real decision. Nuances appear when one begins to look for the best reasons in a position. What is the most important value for an argument? Are there complimentary values you can attach to it? Also, look for competing values to reduce potential objections.
Studying the potential interactions of ideas and understanding the underlying values in a controversy is the goal here. Listing ideas from a brainstorm session works best when criticism is applied. Weighing and balancing all factors
Debate offers a means of formalized argumentation by providing propositions using evidence, countering fallacies, arguing and building your affirmations and negatives. Cross-examining and asking/answering leading questions, asking open-ended questions, time for rebuttal, flipping warrants, concessions, and line by line refutations. These techniques and a lot more are what is required to artfully make an informed decision.